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Thinking Outside the HIPAA Box

On Wednesday, May 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held the third of its Spring Seminars on emerging consumer privacy issues. This session focused on consumer-generated health information (CHI). CHI is data generated...more

The HIPAA Compliance Deadline is Less Than One Week Away. Business Associate Agreements and Other Documents Must Be Revised. Are...

On September 23, 2013, Covered Entities and Business Associates must be compliant with the final Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule (the “HIPAA Final Rule”). The HIPAA Final Rule modified...more

Health Plan Fined for HIPAA Breach Relating to Information Stored on Photocopiers

On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that it had reached a $1,215,780 settlement with Affinity Health Plan, Inc., a not-for-profit managed care plan serving the New...more

Final HIPAA Regulations: What's Changed (and What Hasn't) for Group Health Plans

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (“OCR”) has issued final regulations modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy, Security, Breach...more

Now Is The Time To Revise Your Business Associate Agreements and Notice of Privacy Practices

There is a lot of confusion among providers caused by therecent publication of new rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). On January 25, 2013, the HIPAA final omnibus rule...more

Burr Alert: New HIPAA Rules Issued: “Sweeping” Changes For Healthcare Providers And Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released its long awaited final HIPAA rule, which significantly expands certain obligations for healthcare providers and their business associates (the...more

The Download - January 2013

In this issue: Heard on the Hill - Congress Updates the Video Privacy Protection Act - Congressional Developments in Mobile Privacy Around the Agencies: - FTC Updates COPPA Rule - Mobile Privacy Still...more

McAfee & Taft Healthcare Industry Alert: New HIPAA regulations - Begin your compliance review now

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule amending the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations and implementing the Health...more

A Detailed Analysis of Changes to HIPAA and the Implications for Healthcare Providers and Others in the Healthcare Industry: HIPAA...

Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Background: The HIPAA Privacy Rule governs the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (“PHI”). Prior to the HITECH Act, the Privacy Rule only applied to Covered Entities...more

The HIPAA “Omnibus” Final Rule - Revisions to the Rules on Breach Notification; Notice of Privacy Practices; and Marketing and...

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (the "Department") issued the "Omnibus" Final Rule (the "Final Rule") on January 17th, 2013. The Final Rule contains long-awaited rules and clarifications regarding...more

New HIPAA/HITECH Rules Bring Few Surprises, but Still Call for Sweeping Changes in Compliance Programs

More than two-and-a-half years after issuing proposed regulations under the Health Information Technology for Economical and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, on January 17, 2013, HHS released a series of final changes to its...more

New HIPAA Omnibus Rule Implementing Provisions Of The HITECH Act: An Overview Of Changes

Final implementing regulations for many provisions of the HITECH Act (Health Insurance Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act) were issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently, and appeared...more

OCR Issues Long-Awaited Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Significant Changes for Business Associates and Breach Analysis

The wait is finally over. On January 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued the final “omnibus” rule modifying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification...more

A Comprehensive Summary of the Final Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules: Key Provisions and What They Mean for You

Executive Summary - On January 25, 2013, the Federal Register will publish final omnibus rules written by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to modify the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach...more

HHS Finalizes Comprehensive Modifications to HIPAA Regulations in Omnibus Final Rule

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) released in pre-publication form the rule commonly known as the “HIPAA Omnibus Rule,” which we refer to below as the...more

HHS Issues Final Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rule

On January 17, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the long-awaited omnibus final rule (the Rule) implementing changes in current regulations under the Health...more

New Omnibus Rule Released: HIPAA Puts on More Weight

On Jan. 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited “Omnibus Rule,” which amends the administrative simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability...more

U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Publishes Final HIPAA Rule Alert

The final rule (1) makes final modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability of 1996 Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules mandated by the Health Information Technology for Economic and...more

HHS Overhaul of HIPAA: Summary of New Obligations for Covered Entities and Business Associates

On January 17, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules [PDF] (the Final Rule) under the authority of the HITECH...more

Prepare for HIPAA Privacy Rule Changes

On January 17, The Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) filed a long-awaited final rule interpreting the provisions of HIPAA. The rule makes final, supplementary changes to Health Information Technology for Economic...more

Health Law: OCR Has Been Busy - New Rules and Ability to Release Information in an Emergency

On Jan. 15, Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Civil Rights, released a letter to the nations’ healthcare providers reiterating adherence to what many commonly refer to as the Tarasoff standard....more

Are Your Mobile Devices HIPAA Compliant? Practical Steps to Ensure Compliance

Mobile device use is becoming more commonplace in health care. Health care professionals use text messaging to communicate with each other about patient status. Medical schools now provide residents tablets to use as...more

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